Reader Rabbit 3

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Reader Rabbit 3
Reader Rabbit 3 Cover art.jpg
Cover art for Reader Rabbit 3 Deluxe!
Developer(s) The Learning Company
Publisher(s) The Learning Company


Windows, Macintosh
Release 1993 (Original)
1996 (Deluxe)
Genre(s) Educational
Mode(s) Single-player

Reader Rabbit 3 is a 1993 educational video game, part of the Reader Rabbit franchise. It was released for DOS that year, but was released for Windows and Macintosh in 1996 under the title "Reader Rabbit 3 Deluxe!".


The game sees series protagonist Reader Rabbit join the Daily Skywriter, the daily newspaper for his home town Wordville. He has to identify the right information to put into his stories.[1] The game was designed to build critical reading skills,[2] by applying speech rules to a real-world scenario.[3]


Reader Rabbit 3, is made up of five different activities that teach player's the structure of the English language. The following activities are:

  • 1. What's the Scoop? / Who? What? When? - The player must determine correctly whether the topic of a sentence is a what, a where, a when or a who.
  • 2. Clue Hounds / Get the Scoop + Crack the Case - The player must locate the what, where, when and who parts of story sentences. After completing the sentences the player must pick a character associated with the story.
  • 3. Sneak Peek / Rave Reviews - The player has to choose a sentence that contains the three elements who/what, did what and where.
  • 4. Ed Words / Write Right - The player must fill in the blanks of a paragraph with the three elements do what, where and when.
  • 5. Printing Press - The player is given the option to physically print out the news story.

The game contains over 200 different news stories to work from.[4] The Deluxe version contains 20 different digitized voices that add to the dramatization to the game.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

PC Mag reviewer Charles Taft wrote that the game was "fun to play", while praising its replayability (four levels of difficulty and multiple stories), as well as its "delightful" animations.[5] The game was regarded as a winner in the book "Only the Best: The Annual Guide to the Highest-Rated Educational Software/Multimedia".[6]


  1. ^ a b "READER RABBIT TRIO NOW AVAILABLE ON CD-ROM! - Free Online Library". Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  2. ^ "New Version of The Learning Company's 'Reader Rabbit 1' Hopping Onto Store Shelves Now - Free Online Library". Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ Media, Working Mother (1995-03-01). Working Mother. Working Mother Media. 
  4. ^ "Annotated Bibliography of Computer Software for Teaching Early Reading and Spelling" (PDF). Project Rimes 2000. June 12, 2000: 19. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Inc, Ziff Davis (1994-04-26). PC Mag. Ziff Davis, Inc. 
  6. ^ "History of the Learning Comapany". 1999. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 

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